Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI)
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Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI)

When you’re finally living the good life,
you don’t want anything to hold you back. But old age isn’t always smooth sailing
and sometimes it’s not clear what’s gone wrong. Geriatrics is a challenging field
of medicine. Often patients present and we don’t know what the problem is. In the
chaotic emergency environment they can be accidentally placed in a corner and
forgotten and I knew there was a better way of managing these patients. EJ paired up with Kay Coates from Sundale Aged Care, USC Professor of Nursing Marianne Wallis and emergency nurse
Andrea Taylor. With their powers combined the GEDI was born. GEDI stands for
Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention and it opens up
communication between the patient’s points of contact so specially trained
GEDI nurses can ensure patients get the best possible care by minimising harm. Minimal harm is what the GEDI are fighting for. Often we forget to ask our
elderly patients ‘What matters to you?’ not just ‘What’s the matter with you?’ Most of
the time they just want to get back to what’s important to them so the GEDI try
and make that happen as best they can. The GEDI’s powers of knowledge,
compassion and action continue to grow as the GEDI model of care is rolled out
across the country and the world all thanks to the research EJ and Andrea are
doing with USC. It’s taken a lot of hard work and late nights but it’s been worth
it. With the high level of support from the University and the Hospital we’ve
been able to keep the GEDI on track. We hope in the future other emergency
departments will benefit from the GEDI service. Your local GEDI –
creating a better world to grow old in.

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